Skoda says its supermini will get a 'design overhaul’, although a preview sketch suggests light tweaks rather than seismic changes

The Skoda Fabia will be facelifted for 2018, and the updated model is due to be revealed at the Geneva motor show in March.

The supermini, which was first revealed at the Paris motor show four years ago, will undergo mild styling tweaks, as shown in a design sketch released by Skoda. 

LED tail-lights will be made available for the first time on the model, although they will likely be reserved for higher-spec SE L and Monte Carlo models.

LED headlights are also among the revisions, but appear likely to remain a similar shape to the current car's, rather than being bisected like the controversial new headlights of the Octavia.

As with other models recently released by Skoda, more ‘Simply Clever’ features will make it into the Fabia. Past efforts include a parking ticket holder in the windscreen and cupholders designed to allow one-handed opening of bottles. 

The timing of the Fabia’s unveiling suggests that UK deliveries are unlikely to come before December, with early 2019 more likely.

The Fabia's popularity in Europe includes top-three best-seller status in Poland, Slovakia and its native Czechia.

The Volkswagen Group’s three-cylinder 1.0 TSI engine has already made it into pre-facelift Fabias, having replaced the 89bhp 1.2 TSI engine.

It’s not yet known if the new 1.5 TSI Evo engine will make it into the car, but the Volkswagen Polo and Seat Ibiza already offer the motor, so it seems likely.

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